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Events
Scheduling is in flux for the many celebratory and informative events planned by the Maine Bicentennial Commission, cultural organizations, schools and communities. The good news is that most will be postponed till later this year or 2021—check back here for updates.

COVID-19 UPDATE: maine bicentennial commission postpones commemorative events to 2021. read more about it here.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

maine200 signature events

The Maine Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring five major events to celebrate Maine200:

STATEHOOD
DAY

march 14, 2021

augusta

The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of speeches, music, poems, birthday cake and much more. 

bicentennial parade

may 15, 2021

auburn/lewiston

An historic parade celebrating Maine's veterans, youth, and culture, with floats, bands and more from across Maine. Presented by Poland Springs.

SAILING SHIPS FESTIVAL

summer 2021 

up & DOWN the coast

Visits from a variety of sailing vessels from around the world, at multiple ports along the Maine coast, with associated festivals and activities. Presented by Bangor Savings Bank.

innovation
expo

november 20, 2021

portland

A hands-on experience, viewing awe-inspiring demonstrations of new technologies and more. Presented by Central Maine Power.

time capsule sealing

fall, 2021

tbd

A collection of items installed on the State Capitol grounds for future generations to discover. More details coming soon!

events calendar

COVID-19 UPDATE: MOST BICENTENNIAL EVENTS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH–MAY, 2020 HAVE BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED ONCE THE COURSE OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IS BETTER KNOWN.

NOTE THAT COMMUNITY GRANTS CONTINUE TO BE AWARDED AS PLANNED, PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED FUNDING FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PREPARING BICENTENNIAL-RELATED EVENTS.

PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES.

 

Submit an Event

Submissions must be open and accessible to the public, relevant to the bicentennial commemoration, and include a title, brief description, and image. Events listed on this calendar are not necessarily endorsed by the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Get more information on applying for a Maine200 endorsement of your event.

Events Calendar

November 9, 2017 - November 8, 2019 11/09/2017 - 11/08/2019
Maine200 Launch
Maine200 Launch
Oct 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Maine Historical Society
Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch website, outreach campaign
Commission Meeting
Commission Meeting
Nov 15, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Maine State Library Conference Room
The Official State of Maine Bicentennial Commission meets regularly to plan events and get out the word about the exciting two years ahead. Meetings are open to the public and your participation is welcome!
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 2, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Maine's Home Movies: Treasures from Northeast Historic Film
Jan 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Maine Public Television
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Exploring Wabanaki Maine History
Jan 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta ME 04330
In January, join us for "Exploring Wabanaki Maine History," presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH. During this interactive story-telling experience, we will learn about events in the collective history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants.
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Maine Bicentennial Discussion Group
Mar 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Liberty Library
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Maine 199: Bicentennial or Bust
Mar 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
Apr 12, 2019 to Feb 1, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Holding up the Sky explores Wabanaki philosophies of leadership and obligation relating to humans and non-humans by highlighting 13,000 years of Wabanaki residence in what is now known as Maine.
Maine Bicentennial Conference
Maine Bicentennial Conference
May 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
University of Maine in Orono
This scholarly conference is open to the public for a modest registration fee. It includes three musical performances and is designed to be engaging.
Maine History Festival
Maine History Festival
May 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine in Orono
This free, juried event is for students at all grade levels and cultural organizations to present their own research or planning for the bicentennial.
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry
Jul 20, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Colby College Museum of Art
Wíwənikan…the beauty we carry is an exhibition of contemporary art of the First Nations people of what is now Maine and Maritime Canada.
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Bicentennial Kick-off Day
Jul 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland & Augusta
Gov. Janet Mills will make appearances at multiple kickoff events across the state to raise the Bicenenntial flag & announce planned events.
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival
Aug 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
The Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival will be a day-long event focusing on Blue Hill’s historic connection with the sea
A Talk by NEH Chairman Jon Peede
A Talk by NEH Chairman Jon Peede
Oct 2, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Maine Historical Society
Charles Allen's Kennebec River Photographs, 1898 - 1907
Charles Allen's Kennebec River Photographs, 1898 - 1907
Oct 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Gardiner Public Library
Maine 200 Scavenger Hunt
Maine 200 Scavenger Hunt
Oct 5, 2019 to Feb 28, 2020
Windham Maine
Maine Harbor Seals
Maine Harbor Seals
Oct 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Bangor
Maine Harbor Seal Project is an outdoor art installation of harbor seal sculptures made from driftwood and ceramics. Open to the public.
The Spirits of 1820: 200 Years of Maine Statehood
The Spirits of 1820: 200 Years of Maine Statehood
Oct 17, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eastern Cemetery, 224 Congress St., Portland, ME
Seven spirits will return each weekend to tell of the perils and promises of separation from Massachusetts, and attaining Maine Statehood. $10 adults; $5 12 and under.
The Big Question
The Big Question
Oct 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverton Community Center
Leaf of Voices Part III: Celebrating Indigenous Poets
Leaf of Voices Part III: Celebrating Indigenous Poets
Oct 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium